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  • 2013’s stupidest Star Wars VII rumours

    Although the release is still "far, far away", rumours about the next 'Star Wars' film have been rife (and ridiculous) in 2013.

    As soon as Disney announced a seventh ‘Star Wars’ film on October 30th 2012 it quickly became apparent that escaping news about the sci-fi juggernaut’s return would become impossible.
    Interest in the franchise is obviously enormous, so understandably news outlets began to clamour for any scrap of information about ‘Episode VII’. 

    [What was it like to audition for 'Star Wars VII'?]
    As sure as night follows day, nonsense flooded the internet in an attempt to fill those gaps between the official announcements that have been few and far between. So here are some of more ridiculous ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ stories from 2013…

    Blunt... Rumours of Carrie Fisher's involvement came courtesy of an unusual source (Credit: Lucasfilm)
    Carrie Fisher confirmed as Princess Leia… by James Blunt
    If you missed this story then the headline pretty much says it all. It’s the standard “Friend of X says X is in Y” story but the friend in question is singer-songwriter James bloody Blunt.

    [Carrie Fisher's ideas for 'Star Wars VII']
    Of course it’s been known for a while that Carrie Fisher will return to the series

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  • What was it like to audition to for Star Wars: Episode VII?

    Yahoo braved the cold for the London auditions, but we’re not expecting a call back.

    It may have been Twickenham, but it felt like Hoth. Before I’d even reached the famous rugby stadium and seen the hordes of people queuing I couldn’t feel my fingers. I then found out some had stayed overnight.

    Only a phenomena like ‘Star Wars’ could drive people to camp outside in the middle of November. Some arrived at 11pm the prior evening, with many more arriving throughout the night. Their mission? To audition for a lead role in J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’.

    [Actor instagrams Star Wars script - but what does it say?]

    The gates opened at 6am and by 9 Twickenham Stadium’s car park was packed with thousands of hopeful fans and aspiring actors. Some were taking it more seriously than others, but everyone was enjoying themselves – even if the process was a little cutthroat.

    "We are doing this to find someone who might not have necessarily gone to drama school,” the film’s UK casting agent Kate Bone told the BBC. “They don't have to have acting experience - just the right look

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  • Would these movie presidents get re-elected?

    Hollywood has produced plenty of presidents, but only a few should win a second term.

    This summer we’ve seen two very similar films about the White House being taken over by various villains. Earlier this year Aaron Eckhart’s pale palace was attacked in Gerard Butler vehicle ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ and now it’s the turn of Channing Tatum to defend Jamie Foxx’s prez in ‘White House Down’.
    To celebrate the year of the fake POTUS, we rounded up Hollywood’s most famous fictional presidents and worked out how they might have fared if they went up for re-election after the events of their respective films. Who would be a serial election winner like Barack Obama or George W. Bush?

    Morgan Freeman as President Tom Beck (‘Deep Impact’)
    Whenever there is talk of movie presidents, Morgan Freeman’s in ‘Deep Impact’ is always one of the first mentioned. Freeman has always been great as the voice of authority (he played God after all) and he’s easily the best thing in this 1998 disasterpiece. Despite Freeman’s charms however it’s hardRead More »from Would these movie presidents get re-elected?
  • Super Mario Bros movie gets comic book sequel

    Perhaps its proof that no film ever truly fails or that the world’s desire for more of something knows no bounds, but a comic book sequel to ‘Super Mario Bros: The Movie’ is an actual real thing.

    Its creators have even been meeting with the film’s writers to ensure it stays within the canon set-up in the infamous videogame adaptation.

    The project’s website says: "Following discussions with original writer Parker Bennett, Steven Applebaum and Ryan Hoss have scripted a new adventure that continues right where the film left off.

    “Join Mario, Luigi and Princess Daisy as they explore new locations and creatures inspired by the games, yet adapted in the film's unique cyberpunk style.”

    It will include elements intended for a sequel that was never made.

    The original movie starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo famously flopped in 1993 and was mauled by critics. It’s widely regarded as one of the worst films ever made and barely resembles the Nintendo Read More »from Super Mario Bros movie gets comic book sequel
  • Tony Jaa set for Fast and Furious 7

    Action star eyes up first English-lanuage role

    Thai action star Tony Jaa has joined the cast of ‘Fast and Furious 7’.

    Jaa, best known for martial arts movie ‘Ong Bak’, will make his English-language debut in the sequel which is currently in pre-production.

    The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, who also link UFC champion Ronda Rousey to the project.

    [Fast and Furious: Enough petrol for 9 films?]

    Writer Chris Morgan is still reportedly working on the script but a few stars are already on board including Jason Statham as the villain, and now Jaa.

    "I have been a big fan of the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise," said Jaa via e-mail from Thailand. "The films are fast-paced, fun and keep the audience involved. There is a great mix of humour and action, something I really appreciate.

    “There is no better film to be involved in for a first U.S. studio production."

    The film is in place for release next year with director James Wan replacing Justin Lin.

    Filming has yet to start however despite the tentative July release window.Read More »from Tony Jaa set for Fast and Furious 7
  • Why Ben Affleck is the wrong choice to play Batman

    Ben Affleck’s career renaissance has culminated in his biggest role to date – as Warner Bros’ new Batman.

    The Oscar-winner will battle Henry Cavill’s Superman in an as-of-yet unnamed ‘Man of Steel’ sequel directed by Zach Snyder and set for release on 17 July 2015.

    Whilst certainly something of a shock, is the decision a good one? I definitely have my doubts.

    Look to the blogosphere and you’ll see a familiar superhero name alongside that of the Dark Knight, that of ‘Daredevil’. In 2003 the blind Marvel character’s film flopped, becoming the centrepiece of a period in the career of its star Ben Affleck that saw him become something of a joke.

    After taking some time off Affleck returned as a director and went on to make a name for himself with three critically acclaimed films – the most recent of which winning this year’s Oscar for Best Picture.

    That film was ‘Argo’, and it was widely considered to be the film that would see Affleck become the hottest Read More »from Why Ben Affleck is the wrong choice to play Batman
  • James Cameron’s Avatar universe to be expanded with four novels

    James Cameron has continued to talk up the expansion of his ‘Avatar’ universe in lieu of any films actually being made.

    Last time we heard, Cameron is planning three sequels to the biggest movie of all time, and now he has announced there will be four novels as well.

    Writing the books is sci-fi author Steven Charles Gould, whose first novel ‘Jumper’ was adapted into a film in 2008.

    Speaking about his decision to hire Gould in a press release, Cameron said: “Steven Gould is one of the shining lights in contemporary science fiction, and I’ve long admired the worlds and characters he’s created in his books and stories. 

    “We’re very fortunate to have Steven bring his formidable talents to the ‘Avatar’ universe.  He is already working closely with me and the screenwriters to flesh out the expanding world of ‘Avatar’.”

    Those screenwriters are ‘War of the Worlds’ Josh Friedman, ‘Savages’ Shane Salerno and ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ pair Rick JaffaRead More »from James Cameron’s Avatar universe to be expanded with four novels
  • 500 Days of Summer bench closed off to public

    Popular film location closed due to Californian cutbacks

    The famous bench from ‘500 Days of Summer’ has been closed off to the public due to cutbacks in the state of California.

    Since ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ director Marc Webb’s debut in 2009 the spot has been a popular tourist attraction, but the Community Redevelopment Agency can no longer maintain the area.

    Located in downtown Los Angeles, the bench, located in a small park called Angel’s Knoll, is where the films’ stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel filmed some of the romantic comedy’s pivotal scenes.

    Director Marc Webb gave his comments to The Hollywood Reporter, saying: "I don't know enough about civic agencies, and God knows budgets are difficult things to manage -- and, let's be honest, maybe there are better things to spend money on.

    “But you know what? I'll miss my bench."

    Webb recently finished filming ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, and is currently in post-production working Read More »from 500 Days of Summer bench closed off to public
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 5 gets a title

    Interview with directors reveals name for fifth installment

    ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ will be the title of the fifth Jack Sparrow adventure according to reports.

    This Is Infamous spoke to Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg about the film they are lined up to direct for a 2015 release.

    A full interview has yet to be published but the site claims the pair was enthusiastic about the script they will be working with in the months ahead.

    Rønning and Sandberg were promoting their Norwegian film ‘Kon-Tiki’, which was nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category at this year’s Academy Awards.

    In 2011 ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ broke the $1 billion mark despite woeful reviews, making a sequel inevitable.

    After the recent failure of ‘The Lone Ranger’, which re-teamed Johnny Depp with ‘Pirates’ producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, Disney may be increasingly willing to return to a formula for success.

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  • Marvel spin-off show ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ to air on Channel 4

    Broadcaster wins rights after "fierce" bidding war

    Marvel spin-off TV show ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ will air in the UK on Channel 4.

    According to Broadcast Channel 4 won a "fierce" bidding war for the rights to the new show written by Joss Whedon.

    No further details about when the show might air were given.

    ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ starts in September over on US network ABC and stars Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, who reprises his role from the Marvel cinematic universe.

    Last year the Joss Whedon-directed 'Avengers Assemble' became the third biggest movie of all time, so it comes as no surprise that there was keen interest in the broadcast rights.

    Channel 4 won the battle however, so all Marvel fans have to do now is hope it gets a decent slot on their schedule.

    Clark Gregg who not only returns from the films but from the dead as well, will be joined by ‘How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders, who played Agent Maria Hill last year’s superhero Read More »from Marvel spin-off show ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ to air on Channel 4


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